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Domestic Couple ~ Zurich & St Tropez

An experienced domestic couple is required to take up a role based mainly in Zurich Switzerland, with approximately 3 months spent at the client’s summer property in the village of Grimaud, near St Tropez. The large Zurich property is staffed with three other daily housekeepers plus admin/PA staff etc. Applicants must be comfortable around large dogs as there are two on the property; they are well-trained and perfectly friendly with staff however not quite as friendly with contractors and uninvited visitors!

Accommodation for the couple in Zurich is a 3.5 room apartment, located a short distance from the employer’s property; for the 3 months in Grimaud, a staff apartment on the grounds of the property is offered to the couple.

Duties will include:

  • 5* Housekeeping

  • Laundry/Ironing

  • Wardrobe Care

  • Knowledge of suitable cleaning products

  • Chauffeur to the family

  • Valeting of all vehicles

  • General minor property maintenance

  • Oversight of contractors/service providers

  • Shopping/Errands

Requirements:

  • Several years’ experience  working in a similar role

  • European driving license

  • Fluent English - some spoken French or German an advantage

  • Comfortable handling larger breed dogs

Both properties are extensive and it must be understood that all members of the housekeeping team are required to be high-energy with the ability to deal with multiple staircases, heavy laundry loads, handling quite heavy domestic machinery plus working long hours when required, therefore a good level of physical fitness and stamina is essential for this role.

Salary :CHF 9k gross pm (CHF 4.5k gross each pm) negotiable according to experience

Start date: TBD

Live-In Housekeeper/Guardian (or Couple) ~ St Maxime

A mature and experienced housekeeper is required to provide housekeeping and guardian services in a beautiful 5 bed/5 bath luxury villa in St Maxime. The current housekeeper/handyman has decided that he feels too isolated living alone at the property therefore applicants must be happy to live and work alone at this villa. Both male and female will be considered for this role however it is essential that all applicants must have proven previous professional experience in ‘hands-on’ cleaning/laundry/ironing.
Please note that his is not a role for a handyman/caretaker - unless he has prior housekeeping experience.
The clients are not a formal, high-end service family; they require the usual housekeeping/gardienne duties and are in residence at the property 4-5 months per year, coming for varying periods from long weekends to several weeks. These British clients are seeking a candidate who can look after the property in their absence, someone with a keen eye for details to ensure that there is always a warm and welcoming environment when the family arrive for their vacation periods, setting up the interior with flowers etc, setting out the pool cushions and terrace areas, filling the fridge so that the employers are able to arrive at the villa and prepare a meal for themselves without needing to run to the shops as soon as they arrive. 35hrs pw French contract working 6 days per week when clients are in residence with any overtime worked given as ‘time off in lieu’ when employers are not in residence.
Duties will include:

  • Daily Housekeeping

  • Laundry and ironing

  • Set up and prepare breakfast

  • Prepare a few light lunches each week (salads/pasta etc)

  • Airport runs and errands

  • Occasional dog-sitting for two small dogs

  • Being an ‘extra pair of hands’ where needed

Requirements

  • Excellent housekeeping experience

  • Minimum 3yrs experience in a similar role

  • Simple cooking skills

  • Driving license

  • Fluent English/Communicative French

  • Dog-lover

The employer will consider an option of a housekeeper who has a partner who works elsewhere and is willing to be a help to his partner, setting out summer furniture etc at the beginning of the season and in the summer months would be able to clean the pool each morning. There could be several hours garden/maintenance work each month which the clients are happy to pay for by invoice. This role offers a newly renovated, one bedroom apartment, separate from the main house with a small terrace and garden area. Unfortunately this employer cannot consider candidates who have a pet.
Salary: €2.2k npm negotiable
Start date:TBD

Resident Couple ~ Vence

A very experienced domestic couple is required to handle the day-to-day running, maintenance and upkeep of a large luxury villa located close to Vence. The owners are generally in residence for 3 months per year, mainly in the high season at which time a 7* level of service is required; a seasonal chef and  additional service and housekeeping staff are employed in the summer months however for the rest of the year the resident couple will be expected to clean and maintain the property; a gardening company visits several times per week. Applicants must have extensive experience of running this type of high level, high service property with a strong record of providing discreet and seamless guest services.

Interior duties will include:

  • 5* Housekeeping and laundry

  • Light, healthy cooking in absence of chef

  • Prepare breakfast when required

  • Inventory and stock control

  • Occasional table service

  • Laying of tables

  • Flower arranging

  • Overseeing seasonal teams

  • Liaising with suppliers and contractors

Exterior duties will include:

  • Backing up contracted gardening company

  • Mowing and general garden maintenance

  • General handyman and minor maintenance

  • Appliance and vehicle maintenance

  • Pool maintenance

  • Setting out and closing up of pool areas morning and evening

  • Troubleshooting

  • Preparing monthly reports for local property manager

  • Liaising with contractors and suppliers

  • Driving

  • Shopping and errands

A caretaker apartment located on the property is offered as accommodation with this role. Candidates must be able to speak fluent English and conversational French, have excellent letters of reference and have either EU nationality or valid documentation allowing employment in France.

Salary: TBD

Start date: Autumn '24

Domestic Couple ~ Agay POSITION NOW FILLED

An experienced domestic couple are required to look after a beautiful waterfront property located in a quiet coastal region between Cannes and St Raphael. The UK-based employers are in residence at the 6 bedroom villa for approximately 4 months throughout each year, along with occasional visiting guests and large extended family. During busy periods they employ a second housekeeper to assist with the laying and clearing of tables, cleaning and laundry etc.

Duties will include:

  • 5* Housekeeping/Laundry

  • Regular family cooking

  • Assist the wife of the principal with meal preparation

  • Table setting/clearing and informal service

  • Property maintenance

  • Driving – Airports/Restaurants etc

  • Care and cleaning of swimming pool

  • Garden maintenance

  • Good mechanical knowledge

  • Fluent English from both

  • Good French from at least one of the couple

This role offers accommodation of a newly-renovated, one bedroom apartment with own terrace/patio area and the employer is happy to consider couples with a well-behaved pet. Outside of periods when the employers are in residence working hours/days are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, when employers are in residence the couple may be required to work other days and longer hours, any overtime worked will be given as time off ‘in lieu’ when the owners are not in residence. All applicants must have either an EU passport or have a current French carte de sejour.

Salary: TBD

Start date: ASAP

Please note: Applicants for positions based in France MUST have a current working visa/carte de sejour or be the holder of an EU passport

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